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mac_droz
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mac_droz   7/10/2012 7:53:27 AM
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How true. I'd love to be able to use keys instead of mouse, but most of the systems do not allow this (or allow to some extent). It is so much faster to use the keyboard. I always thought there's something wrong with me :)

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GerardS   7/10/2012 7:13:53 AM
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My feeling is that all these more "natural" interfaces will make us aware how different we are "under the hood". E.g. touch interfaces don't work for me. Whenever I tried to use a touchpad, the cursor went any direction but the one I wanted it to go - so I ignore each and every touch interface. I only feel secure if I am allowed to hit keys. Very probably a lot of persons are having similar experinces, but do not dare to tell...

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Duane Benson   6/28/2012 8:02:49 PM
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First, my kids generation is that last that will need to learn to drive. The PC will still exist but the form will be completely different. Something roughly analogous to what we use today will be around, but largely for specialized or high-end applications. For the masses, most of us will have our PC in our pocket and will just be able to wirelessly connect to any I/O devices that happen to be around. Whatever device we are up against might just be a dumb terminal allowing us to use the processing power in our pocket, or it might be a system that would just take on the personality of our device.

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Bert22306   6/28/2012 1:07:10 AM
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I dunno, most of the time when I see people explaining how some technology never made it, or isn't already here, I find myself disagreeing. Internet TV? That's most of the TV I watch anymore. Never had or wanted cable or satellite. I use terrestrial DTV for live news, and just about exclusively watch anything else from various web sites. Including the major TV networks' own web sites, including European news programs from their web sites, Hulu, and so on. All on a nice TV, with good audio, while sitting on a couch. What more Internet TV do you want? I've heard people complaining that the video phone was never invented. Really? The practical and cheap video phone was "invented" with the IETF Real Time Protocol, along with MPEG digital compression algorithms, back in the early 1990s. Want an actual box? Think Skype over a tablet, for example. In my car, I can call anyone without touching a keypad. The system uses voice synthesis and voice recognition. So that's already here. Seems clear that there will be much more of this, and it also seems to me that we'll see a lot more driving automation. Cars communicating with other cars and with the roadway. Motion sensing as an I/O technique, for sure. Whatever you want to predict has to make some economic sense, though. I'd bet we will see bases on the moon, or on asteroids, if we want to extract minerals from those parts. And wouldn't that be interesting.

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David Ashton   6/27/2012 1:12:41 AM
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@ "Back to the Future" promised us hoverboards and flying cars by 2012, but we still don't have those. "2001" promised us Moon bases 11 years ago, and we don't have those either... "3001" promises us a decent human society by then. Forgive me if I have some doubts there too...

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